Neem (Azadirachta indica) is traditionally called “Queen of the Skin.” While we have skin that wraps our bodies, we have even more skin on the inside of the body. Neem is Ayurveda’s most powerful herb for healthy inner and outer skin. Neem also supports healthy liver, intestinal, pancreatic and immune function.*
Neem leaves are harvested each spring in India and used as a tea, food, and medicine from spring through summer. In the spring, there is a surge of new microbes in the digestive tract. Some are beneficial and some are not. Neem has been used for thousands of years to help re-populate the gut with healthy microbes throughout the spring and summer.*
Suggested Use: Take 1 capsule 3 times per day after meals or as directed by your health care professional.
Bottle Contains: 90 vegetarian capsules, 500 mg each
Ingredients: Organic Azadirachta indica (Neem Leaf), Organic Phyllanthus emblica (Amla Fruit), Organic Tinospora cordifolia (Indian Tinospora Stem)
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Does not contain: Yeast, gluten, corn, soy, milk, fish, animal products, binders, fillers, preservatives or artificial coloring.
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Note: Neem has been shown to be a mild spermicide and is not recommended while trying to conceive.
Neem (Azadirachta indica), which literally means, “The Free Tree of India,” is a broad leaf tree that is mostly evergreen except for in severe drought conditions. Neem’s use has been recorded back some 4500 years in the extremely advanced Indus valley civilization. (1)
While the leaves, bark, branches, flowers, fruits, and seeds of this tree are all used, the leaves and seeds are considered the most powerful. (1,2)
Neem leaves are loaded with a complex variety of constituents including nimbin, nimbidin, nimbolide, and limonoids, as well as a host of flavonoids such as quercetin and ß-sitosterol. (2)
Neem benefits are widespread throughout the body. Studies show that this herb: (1,2,3)
- Supports immunity
- Promotes blood sugar levels already within a normal range
- Maintains healthy bile flow
- Promotes the body’s natural liver protecting mechanisms
- Supports the integrity of the skin that wraps the body externally and that lines the arteries, intestines, lungs and more
- Contains antioxidant-forming constituents
- Supports healthy stomach acid production
- Supports normal kidney function
- Promotes healthy complexion
- Maintains beneficial oral bacteria
- Boosts natural glutathione production necessary to clearing unwanted biofilms out of the small intestine
To play such a global role in human health for so long, neem must work on a very deep level of the body. Ayurveda emphasizes that the most powerful effects on the body’s health are usually the most subtle. We are also seeing this in modern science.
We now know that the body’s gut bacteria, which Ayurveda referred to as krimi, play a role in all realms of human health. Neem has always been considered an herb that creates an environment detrimental to bad bacterial residents of the microbiome while supporting populations of good bacteria.
It turns out that neem is antagonistic to biofilms that create safe havens for bacteria to flourish, take root on the intestinal wall, and can negatively impact gut microbiology. (4,5,6)
Inhibiting unwanted biofilm accumulation allows the body’s natural gut immunity—which is driven by beneficial bacteria—to maintain a healthy balance of good and bad intestinal bacteria. (4-6)
Neem is well-documented to be unsupportive to the proliferation of undesirable bacteria. (1-3) To accomplish this, it was traditional to harvest and eat the leaves of the neem tree to support overall health, well-being, and immunity.
The Queen of the Skin (Inner and Outer)
One of neem’s greatest claims to fame is its powerful support for a healthy complexion.
Generally, the leaves, fruit and seeds were eaten all spring and summer to support the appearance of healthy radiant skin, earning it the nickname, the “Queen of the Skin.” The little-known truth is that neem supports the outer skin by supporting the inner skin.
The skin that lines your gut wall is the most important skin of the body. Neem leaves have the ability to perform many of the same actions that the bitter roots, greens, and berries accomplish each spring—the scrubbing, cleansing, and fertilizing of the intestinal wall.
By creating a healthy intestinal environment each spring and summer, neem allows for the proliferation of beneficial gut flora. The more we establish a healthy microbial environment in the spring and summer, the better the gut can perform as your first defense against undesirable bugs and toxins that commonly move through the gut.
One could say that optimal health is all about the skin—inner and outer. The skin on both the inside and outside of the body is home to trillions of microbes that support optimal health. Neem may be the original prebiotic, as it seems to encourage the necessary environment the gut requires to unleash the body’s most powerful immune response—gut immunity.
Neem: The Village Pharmacy
In India, neem was commonly called “the village pharmacy” because of its widespread benefits. According to Ayurvedic myth, the healing properties of this plant were engendered when it was graced with a drop of nectar (amrita) from the cup of immortality. Because of its bitter property, Neem has a calming and cooling effect on heat or redness as it shows up on the skin, as well as in the lining of the digestive tract.
Each spring, it was traditional to harvest and eat the leaves of the neem tree to support overall health, well-being, and immunity. It was also said that eating the leaves in the months just before spring would jump-start immunity, and that the benefits would last a full year!
For its skin-balancing, purifying, and enriching benefits, neem has been dubbed “Queen of the Skin” in Ayurveda. In addition, its high chlorophyll content makes it useful to neutralize odors in the case of foul-smelling sweat or halitosis. For this property, neem is often used in Ayurvedic toothpastes and powders, and the young twigs themselves have been known to be used in place of toothbrushes.
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